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July 27, 2015

Popular Mechanics: Scientists Break This Virtual Power Grid to Save the Real One

Popular Mechanics describes how NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility helps integrate solar power into outdated systems—without causing blackouts or explosions in the process.

July 13, 2015

NREL Helps Countries Build Stronger Economies with Low-Emission Development

NREL is helping advance the economies of developing countries in a healthy and sustainable manner by providing assistance through partnerships with various countries and institutions across the globe.

July 13, 2015

NREL-Led Efforts Help Bring Financing to Solar Projects

NREL is helping remove barriers that prevent pension and mutual funds from investing in solar power.

July 13, 2015

Our Transforming Energy Economy: Pathways to a Decarbonized Future

A growing body of work on the nexus of natural gas and renewable energy offers insight on a transforming energy economy.

July 9, 2015

NREL Awarded $4.9 Million for Small Business Voucher Pilot

During the July 8 Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Southeast Regional Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, the Energy Department announced the national laboratories that will be taking the lead in implementing a new $20 million Small Business Vouchers Pilot. Through a competitive selection, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was awarded $4.9 million for their work on the pilot.

June 22, 2015

Battery Second Use Offsets Electric Vehicle Expenses, Improves Grid Stability

NREL researchers are identifying strategies capable of offsetting expenses while helping utilities support peak electricity demands.

June 15, 2015

NREL Partnerships to Help the Grid Accommodate More Renewable Energy

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announces five new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams throughout the country. The cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address the challenge of enabling the nation’s electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy.

June 15, 2015

NREL Innovates Today for the Homes of Tomorrow

Researchers and industry partners collaborate in the Smart Power Lab on energy-saving technologies for the smart homes of the future.

June 15, 2015

NREL and Partners Review Integration Studies, Show Wind and Solar Can Support Proposed EPA Goal of 30% Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction

Report summarizes relevant studies that show wind and solar power plants can improve power system operations, reliability, and stability while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30% or more—helping inform the public discussion surrounding the cost and reliability impacts of complying with the EPA’s proposed target.

June 8, 2015

NREL, Clemson University Collaborate on Wind Energy Testing Facilities

Two of our nation’s most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.

June 8, 2015

Kuwait Visitors Interested in NREL Solar and Geothermal Efforts

During a visit on June 4, representatives of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) learned about NREL projects involving water desalination and enhanced oil recovery.

June 4, 2015

NREL’s Economic Impact Tops $872 Million

The economic impact of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

May 18, 2015

African Delegation Exchanges Knowledge with Top Geothermal Experts

Tapping into 14,000 megawatts of geothermal potential in eastern Africa is the focus one new collaboration at NREL.

May 14, 2015

NREL Supports China PV Investment and Financing Alliance to Open Capital for Solar Deployment

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance (CPVFA) have formed a collaboration with the goal of opening wide-scale and diverse sources of investment for solar photovoltaic (PV) asset development in China.

May 13, 2015

EPRI and NREL Develop Standard Messaging to Facilitate DER Communication and Control

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and NREL have developed and tested a standard messaging platform for distributed energy resources (DER)--solar panels, wind turbines, microgrids, and battery storage--that use smart inverters to connect to the grid.

May 7, 2015

NREL Staff Recognized for Top Innovations as Lab Celebrates Record Patent Year

Today during its annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized the professionals behind the lab’s greatest innovations from the past year. NREL also celebrated the 43 U.S. patents issued in fiscal year 2014 (FY14), which is the largest number in lab history—nearly three times more than the previous year.

May 4, 2015

INL and NREL Demonstrate Power Grid Simulation at a Distance

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have successfully demonstrated the capability to connect grid simulations at their two labs for real time interaction via the Internet. This new inter-lab capability enables the modeling of power grids in greater detail by allowing software and equipment anywhere in the world to establish a real-time connection to the unique facilities and capabilities available within the DOE national laboratory complex.

May 4, 2015

Report Targets Data on Avian Issues at Solar Energy Facilities

Understanding how birds are affected by utility-scale solar facilities is the focus of a new NREL report that was completed in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory.

April 22, 2015

The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

NREL and Laufer employ "Houdini" to teach radar how to detect birds near wind power plants.

April 21, 2015

Energy Department Announces New Tools for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Deployment

The Energy Department has announced two new tools developed through H2USA to help address technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. The tools, the the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) and the Hydrogen Refueling Stations Analysis Model (HRSAM), were developed by NREL and Argonne National Laboratory respectively to address the key technical and financial barriers to hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment. Additionally, NREL and Sandia National Laboratories published two task reports through the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project, which supports H2USA by addressing critical R&D barriers to station deployment.

April 17, 2015

NREL and Partners Review Key Issues, Lessons Learned from U.S. Wind Integration Studies and Operating Practices

As a complement to DOE's recently released Wind Vision Report, a new paper summarizes the lessons learned from actual power systems operational practice, along with some of the most relevant and comprehensive wind integration studies conducted during the past several years.

April 16, 2015

NREL's ESIF Offers Equipment Testing on Grand Scale

NREL Power Systems Engineering Center Director Dr. Ben Kroposki spoke to Smart Grid Today about the unique capabilities of the Energy Systems Integration Facility.

April 14, 2015

NREL Teams with Southern California Gas to Launch First Power-to-Gas Project in U.S.

Demonstration projects will create and test a power-to-gas concept that uses electricity from renewable sources to make carbon-free hydrogen gas.

April 14, 2015

NREL Releases Report Describing Guidelines for PV Manufacturer Quality Assurance

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an updated proposal that will establish an international quality standard for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing. The document is intended for immediate use by PV manufacturers when producing modules on an industrial scale so they can increase investor, utility, and consumer confidence in PV system performance.

April 13, 2015

Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

NREL heads international effort to toughen standards, ensure reliability of solar PV systems.

March 19, 2015

Discovering Drop-In Biofuels to Leverage Petroleum Refineries

In the search for abundant and sustainable options to petroleum-derived fuels, biofuels stand out as a promising alternative. An NREL study is determining which biomass-derived oxygenates are most commercially feasible in drop-in fuels that are compatible with existing engines and fuel distribution.

March 9, 2015

NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations

The Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment.

February 26, 2015

NREL Refines Method to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor

A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals.

February 23, 2015

NREL Science Central to Success of New Biofuels Projects: DuPont-NREL Partnership Delivered Key Innovations for Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Iowa

DuPont-NREL partnership lowered costs, proved success, paved way to 30-million-gallon facility opening in Iowa.

February 13, 2015

2014 Energy Systems Integration Facility Annual Report Available for Download

New report highlights research and achievements for the ESIF in its first year of operation.

February 12, 2015

Testing at NREL Aids Solar Power in Hawaii

Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity for solar energy.

January 23, 2015

New Video Shows How NREL Is Redefining What's Possible for Renewable Energy Through Grid Integration

NREL is spearheading engineering innovations that will help optimize the entire energy system, and the lab's analysis capabilities complement that engineering work by identifying ways to integrate renewable energy effectively and economically. This 3-minute video shows how NREL research and analysis are redefining what’s possible for renewable energy on the grid.

January 16, 2015

NREL, Collaborators Complete Gearbox of Innovative Drivetrain

NREL researchers and industrial collaborators have completed the fabrication of a new gearbox and power converter software as a part of their ongoing project to create an innovative drivetrain.

January 12, 2015

NREL's CelA Catalyzes Plant Cell Walls Faster

Enzyme from bacteria could lower prices for biofuels.

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